Essential Albums

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  1. Ike

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    Spawned from a question in one of the tournaments, I'm curious what our music forum residents consider essential albums for a true music fan?
    Obviously, a lot of albums by The Stones, The Beatles, Dylan, etc. are essential, so I'm looking more for things that aren't as mainstream...something every aficionado would have in their collection, that maybe your average Nickelback fan wouldn't. [​IMG]
     
  2. KeithH

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    From the jazz arena, here are a few:

    * Miles Davis Kind of Blue and In A Silent Way
    * The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out
    * John Coltrane Blue Train and A Love Supreme
    * Billie Holiday Lady in Satin

    I only got into jazz recently, so my collection is rather limited at present. While I could add many other titles to the list based on their reputation as being classics, I don't have them, so I would rather not state them.

    If Mike Broadman tunes into this thread, I'm sure he will give a definitive list for jazz. One other suggestion I have is that you head to a Borders bookstore if you have one in your area (US). Borders has free booklets describing essential jazz and classical titles. They are nice reference materials for folks that are new to these genres.
     
  3. Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm

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    Essential prog:
    • Yes - Close to the Edge
    • Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
    • Emerson Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery
    • Kansas - Leftoverture
    • Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
    • Rush - Moving Pictures
    Essential Ange Hamm:
    • Joe Jackson - Night and Day, Night and Day II, Heaven and Hell
    • Cindy Morgan - The Loving Kind
    • The Who - Who's Next, Quadrophenia
    • Peter Gabriel - Up, Security
    • Phil Keaggy - Phil Keaggy and Sunday's Child, The Master and the Musician
    • Sam Phillips - Fan Dance
    • Rich Mullins - A Liturgy, a Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band
    • Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    • Bruce Cockburn - Stealing Fire, The Charity of Night
    • T-Bone Burnett - The Talking Animals
    • Devo - Oh No! It's DEVO
    • Kansas - Somewhere to Elsewhere
    and of course:
    • Wesley Willis Fiasco - Spookydisharmoniousconflicthellride
     
  4. Steven Hen

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    My Jazz essentials

    Art Blakey - Moanin'
    Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
    Mingus Ah Um
    Wes Montgomery - Full House
    Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
    Miles Davis - Cookin' (SACD)---Keith, you get this one yet?
     
  5. KeithH

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    Steven, good call on Mingus Ah Um.
    You asked:
     
  6. John Watson

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    For "roots" rock, a coupla movie soundtrack compilations are good -DINER, which has tracks by Darin, Jimmy Reed, even Elvis; and AMERICAN GRAFFITI, which has an eclectic mix of the pre-Beatles era stuff...
     
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    • miles davis birth of the cool
    • the velvet underground and nico
    • the band music from big pink, the band and the last waltz
    • uncle tupelo anodyne
    • whiskeytown strangers almanac
    • son volt trace
    • wilco being there
    • the cowboy junkies trinity session
    • b.b. king live at the regal
     
  8. Mike Broadman

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    I'm so proud of my fellow Music Forum participants for jumping in with the jazz titles right away. [​IMG]
    I'm just going to rattle off a few albums off the top of my head. A real definitive list would be too long.
    Miles Davis:
    Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, Miles Smiles, Bitches Brew, Cookin'
    John Coltrane:
    My Favorite Things, Giant Steps, A Love Supreme, Blue Trane
    The Beatles:
    Revolver, Sgt Peppper's Lonely Heart's Club Band
    Dream Theater:
    Images & Words, Metropolis 2: Scenes From A Memory
    Charles Mingus:
    Ah Um, Blues & Roots, Mingus * 5, Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
    Rush:
    Fly By Night, 2112, Hemispheres, Moving Pictures
    Led Zeppelin:
    II, IV, Houses of the Holy
    Thelonious Monk:
    Brillant Corners, Monk's Music, Monk By 5 By Monk, Trios
    Jethro Tull:
    Minstrel in the Gallery, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick
    Sonny Rollins:
    Saxophone Collossus, The Bridge, Way Out West
    Herbie Hancock:
    My Point of View, Emyprean Isles, Headhunters
    Frank Zappa:
    Overnite Sensation, Joe's Garage, Hot Rats
    King Crimson:
    In the Court of the Crimson King, Lark's Tongues in Aspic, Discipline
    BB King:
    Live at the Regal, Live at Cook County Prison
    Johny Cash: Live at Fulsom Prison
    Metallica: Master of Puppets
    Iron Maiden: Number of the Beast, Powerslave
    Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde
    Joni Mitchell: Court And Spark, Blue, Heijira
    Dizzy Gillespie: Birk's Works
    Art Blakey: A Night in Tunisia, Caravan
    Genesis: Foxtrot, Selling England By the Pound
    Michael Jackson: Thriller
    Paul Simon: Graceland
    Charlie Parker: any good compilation, at least
    Marillion: Misplaced Childhood, Anoraknophobia
    Radiohead: OK Computer
    Queen: A Night At the Opera, Sheer Heart Attack
    Deep Purple: Fireball, Machine Head
    Yes: Fragile, Close to the Edge
    Dave Brubeck: Take 5
    Ella Fitzgerald: Live in Berlin
    Wes Montgomery: Incredible Jazz Guitar, Full House
    Duke Ellington: see Charlie Parker
     
  9. KeithH

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    Mike, I very nearly listed Bitches Brew and probably should have, but I went with In A Silent Way since it is often credited with Miles ascent (or descent, depending on one's point of view; I prefer ascent) into fusion. Both recordings are worthy of "essential" status, in my opinion.
     
  10. LawrenceK

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    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Substance
    My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
    The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
    Pixies - Surfer Rosa, Doolittle
    The Clash - The Clash [UK], London Calling
    The Sex Pistols - Nevermind The Bollocks...
    The Stooges - Fun House
    David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Low
    The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
    The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
    The Ramones - Ramones
    The Smiths - The Queen is Dead, Strangeways Here We Come
    The Who - Live at Leeds
     
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    1.Patto-rollem,smokem,put another line out. 2.Hawaii Five-O Original TV strk. 3.Juicy Lucy-anything by them. 4.Lone Star-Firing on all six. 5.Dr. Hook-Belly up! 6.Synergy -Sequencer 7.Black Oak Arkansas-Raunch & Roll Live 8.Emerson Lake Palmer-WBMFTTSTNE-Live.9.Grand Funk-Live 1st album. 10.Triumvirat-Illusions on a Double Dimple
     
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    Smashing Pumpkins : Siamese Dream/Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness

    Bob Rivers: I Am Santa Claus

    'Weird Al' Yankovic: Even Worse/Off The Deep End

    Shihad: The General Electric

    Cypress Hill: Black Sunday
     
  13. Jack Briggs

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    Several essential albums have been tossed out there.

    May I suggest the following:

    Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, by the Small Faces.
     
  14. KeithH

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    One thing is clear. We are a diverse bunch. [​IMG]
     
  15. Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm

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    I can't believe I forgot:
    • King Crimson - Discipline
     
  16. Iain Lambert

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    Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica.

    Honestly, it sounds brilliant after about the first ten years or so of listening.
     
  17. John Watson

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    More essential albums, in the folk-country-rock stream

    Everly Brothers "Songs our Daddy taught us" Pure folk, probably sells better today than when released in 1958.

    Simon and Garfunkel "Wednesday Morning 3AM" Their breakthrough album, makes you miss the 12" x 12" cover art of LPs, compared to pitiful cd covers

    Byrds "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" After they'd done their Dylan thing, back to the goldmine of roots music. Sweet album!

    Ray Charles "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" Brought R&B to classic Nashville country, features the definitive renaissance rendition of Don Gibson's "I Can't stop loving you". Just used in METROPOLIS, the anime movie from last year.

    Waylon Jennings. "Outlaw" Anti-Nashville from early 70's
     
  18. Al B. C

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    A bunch of the above and..............

    Ani DiFranco - "Dilate" & "Living In Clip"

    P.J. Harvey - "Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea"

    The Beatles - "The Beatles" (white album) & "Abbey Road"

    Jethro Tull - "Stand Up"

    Diana Krall - "All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio" & "When I Look in Your Eyes"

    Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - "Ella & Louis"

    Talking Heads - "More Songs About Buildings and Food" & "Fear of Music"

    Wilco - "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot"

    The Who - "Who's Next"

    Jeff Buckley - "Grace"

    Elvis Costello - "My Aim Is True" & "This Years Model"

    Marilyn Manson - "Mechanical Animals"

    Stevie Ray Vaughn - "Couldn't Stand The Weather"

    Tool - "Aenima" & "Lateralus"

    David Bowie - "Heroes" & "The Lodger"

    Jimi Hendrix - "Band Of Gypsys" & "Electric Ladyland"

    Neil Young - "Harvest" & "After The Goldrush"

    k.d. Lang - "Absolute Torch and Twang"

    and a whole lot more.............
     
  19. mike_decock

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    Several that were already mentioned and:
    King's X - Gretchen Goes To Nebraska
    Jellyfish - Spilt Milk
    Mike Oldfield - Amarok
    No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
    Allan Holdsworth - Secrets
    Fiona Apple - When The Pawn...
    -Mike...
     
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    television-marquee moon
    the replacements-tim
    the pixies-doolittle
    jane's addiction-nothing's shocking
    ryan adams-heartbreaker
    john hiatt-bring the family
    big star-#1 record/radio city
    fisherman's blues-the waterboys
    roxy music-avalon
    lucinda williams-car wheels on a gravel road
    bob mould-workbook
    new order-power corruption and lies
    julian cope-peggy suicide
    van morrison-moondance
    talking heads-remain in light
    rem-murmur
     

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